What are the Orientation Session Dates?

January 2016 New Student Orientation

The following session is for students who are starting classes at the College of Charleston in spring 2016.  Orientation is a two-day experience and students are expected to attend all programming both days.

New students who pay the enrollment confirmation fee to the Office of Admissions at the beginning of November will receive information regarding orientation registration in the mail.  Students may complete their orientation registration online through MyCharleston starting mid November.

January 2016 Tuesday and Wednesday January 5 and 6, 2016

How to Register for Orientation

  1. Go to my.cofc.edu, use your Cougars account information to log in, and select the “academic services” tab. **Use your permanent log-in. It’ll be letters not numbers.**
  2. Scroll down and locate the “orientation” box.
  3. Click on the “orientation registration” link in the “orientation” box.
  4. You will automatically be routed to the online registration form.
  5. Verify that your name and email address are displayed and continue to the registration form.

Student Holds

All students have an orientation hold on their file until they attend orientation. It does not affect the ability to register for orientation.

Notification of Confirmation

Please do not make travel plans and/or lodging reservations until your assigned orientation date has been confirmed. One week after you have submitted your online registration form, you’ll be able to see your confirmation online. (We do not mail or email confirmations.) Log onto my.cofc.edu, select the “academic services” tab, locate the “orientation” box and click on “orientation session confirmation.”

Summer 2016 New Student Orientation

The following session is for students who are starting classes at the College of Charleston in fall 2016.  Orientation is a two-day experience and students are expected to attend all programming both days.

New students who pay the enrollment confirmation fee to the Office of Admissions will begin to receive orienation information in the mail at the beginning of March.  Students may complete their orientation registration online through MyCharleston starting March 16.

Session 1 Monday and Tuesday June 20 and 21
Session 2 Thursday and Friday June 23 and 24
Session 3 Monday and Tuesday June 27-28 Transfer Preferred and Open for Freshman
Session 4 Wednesday and Thursday June 29 and 30
Session 5 Monday and Tuesday July 11 and 12
Session 6 Thursday and Friday July 14 and 15 Transfer Preferred and Open for Freshman
Session 7 Monday and Tuesday July 18 and 19
Session 8 Thursday and Friday July 21 and 22
Session 9 Monday and Tuesday August 15 and 16 Transfer Students Only – see note below*
Session 10 Thursday and Friday August 18 and 19 Freshman Student Only – see note below**

* Transfer students only. Transfer students are welcome to attend any of the sessions 1 through 8 (including Transfer Preferred sessions), but you are eligible to attend orientation session 9 (August 15-16), which is designed especially for transfer students. There are a limited number of seats available that we will reserve on a first-come, first-served basis.

** Freshmen living 700 miles away or further. Session 10 (August 18 and 19) is limited to freshman students who live 700 miles or more away from Charleston, SC.

Sorority recruitment will be August 15-21.  If you are participating in sorority recruitment you may attend any orientation session OTHER than sessions 9 or 10. 

Summer Preview will be August 18-20.  If you are participating in summer preview you can attend any orientation session other than the August sessions.

What residence halls are there on campus?

Residence Halls

On-campus living is an exciting and rewarding part of the college experience. For the most up-to-date information about residence hall renovations, fees and policies, visit our website reslife.cofc.edu.

Joe E. Berry Jr. Residence Hall (Coed)

NOTE:  The second and third floors are for Honors College students (by invitation only).  Floors four through six are set aside for Living and Learning Communities (open to any first-year student)

Berry Residence Hall is a six-story building that houses approximately 636 students and offers four-, six, and seven person suites; bedrooms accommodate either two or three students. Students share a common living area and bathroom. Each suite has a furnished living area with microwave and compact refrigerator, and all rooms are vinyl tiled.

Buist Rivers Residence Hall (Coed)

Buist Rivers Residence Hall is our most traditional residence hall. Buist provides an excellent opportunity for them to make a lot of new friends in a community environment. This four-story building houses approximately 100 men and women who live in three-person rooms and share community bathrooms. Each room has a compact microfridge (a combination microwave and refrigerator). Men and women live on separate floors.

College Lodge (Coed)

College Lodge is a six-story coed residence hall. It houses approximately 200 students in double rooms. Two students share a large room with an in-room bath, sitting area, microwave and refrigerator.

Glenn McConnell Residence Hall (Women)

Glenn McConnell Hall is a four-story building housing 240 women in suites consisting of four bedrooms, two baths, a shared common room with kitchenette containing microwave and full-size refrigerator and cabinet space for residents to share.

Craig Residence Hall and Craig Union (Men)

Housing approximately 150 men, Craig Residence Hall is a three-story building. Craig Union is the original structure in which three double rooms are arranged around a common room and a large common bath. Craig Hall is suite style where two-, three- and four-bedroom suites share a common living area and two baths. Craig offers laundry facilities, a shared group dining facility, and a computer room. It also features a large lounge for studying, meeting with friends and watching a large-screen TV. Each suite in Craig has a microfridge (a combination microwave and refrigerator) for the residents to share.

George Street Apartments (Coed/Upperclassmen)

This facility provides full apartments for 199 coed upperclassmen. Each apartment has three to five fully furnished single bedrooms with full-size beds, a fully furnished living room, a kitchen (equipped with stove, microwave and full-size refrigerator), a washer and dryer, and either one or two bathrooms. All units overlook an open furnished courtyard. There are retail outlets on the first floor and the cafeteria is located on the first floor of the Liberty Street Residence Hall, which is next door. The George Street Apartments are open continuously from August to May. Students must have earned 30 cumulative hours to live in the George Street Apartments.

Liberty Street Residence Hall (Coed)

Located on the corner of Liberty and St. Philip streets, near the center of campus, this coed complex houses 420 students in two-person rooms. A shared bathroom connects two bedrooms. The building also features such amenities as game rooms, lounge areas, study rooms, home theaters and many common spaces. Each room is equipped with a microfridge (a combination microwave and refrigerator) for the residents to share. The cafeteria is located on the first floor. Liberty Street is open continuously from August to May.

Kelly House (Coed)

Kelly House is a four-story building housing approximately 236 students in apartment-style suites. Each apartment offers a kitchen (equipped with stove, microwave, and full-size refrigerator), a fully furnished living room and furnished bedrooms with carpet throughout all living areas. A laundry room for students to use is located on the premises. The building has a spacious, landscaped courtyard and a covered bicycle storage area. Kelly House is open continuously from August to May. Note: Kelly House does not have an elevator.

Marcia Kelly McAlister Residence Hall (Coed)

McAlister is a six-story residence hall housing approximately 536 students. It offers four- and six-person suites with two students per room. Students share a furnished common living area and kitchenette with microwave and full-size refrigerator. Each bedroom has access to its own bathroom and walk-in closet. McAlister lounge, and a laundry facility are on the first floor. Room sizes and measurements may vary. McAlister is open continuously from August to May.

Rutledge Rivers Residence Hall (Coed) – currently under renovation – will reopen Fall 2016

Rutledge Rivers Residence Hall is a four-story building housing approximately 100 Honors College men and women in apartment style suites. Each suite offers a furnished living area, kitchen and bath, shared by two, four or five students. Every kitchen is equipped with a stove, microwave and compact refrigerator. Rutledge Rivers has furnished common rooms for the students to enjoy. Residents of Buist and Rutledge Rivers have nicely furnished lounges available for their individual use or for hall programs, as well as a computer room and laundry room.

Warren Place (Coed)

Warren Place is a residential complex consisting of three buildings (1 Warren, 10 Warren and 20 Warren Street). This coed complex houses 287 upperclassmen in apartments consisting of two, three, four or five bedrooms. All bedrooms in this complex are single occupancy. Each apartment offers a full kitchen (stove, full-size refrigerator, and microwave) with carpet throughout all living areas, and fully furnished living room and bedrooms. The complex has a laundry facility, covered bicycle storage and furnished lounge area on site. Warren Place is open continuously from August to May.  To live in 1 Warren and 20 Warren,  students must have earned 30 cumulative hours.

Historic Houses (Upperclassmen)

The historic houses are another type of “residence hall,” typically for upperclassmen. Each bedroom sleeps one, two or three students. Some of our historic houses have their own kitchen and laundry room (check the features chart in this book). Residents also have access to laundry and computer facilities in the house itself or in Craig, College Lodge, McConnell, Buist Rivers and Rutledge Rivers Residence Halls. Houses include Knox-Lesesne House and carriage house ; 17 St. Philip Street; 90, 92 Wentworth Street; 13, 29, 31, 70, 72 Coming Street; 298, 300 Meeting Street; 8 Kirkland; and 2, 4, 6, 8, 24 Bull Street. Each individual house/carriage house has a distinct personality and charm. Floor plans vary between houses, making them all unique living and learning environments. All houses are open continuously from August through May.

How do I get an email account?

Student Email or Cmail

Cmail is the College’s student email system powered by Google.

All College of Charleston applicants who have paid their tuition deposit with intent to enroll at the College of Charleston have a @g.cofc.edu email account that is accessible through mail.g.cofc.edu. Your Cmail account is used by the College to contact students with vital information, such as Financial Aid and class registration dates.  You will receive information about the account and password at the email address you used on your application 48 hours after your tuition deposit is processed. 

Faculty and Staff Email

Email accounts are created when you are hired if you are a permanent employee, or a faculty or adjunct faculty member. E-mail accounts are created for all others upon request by your supervisor. A Cougars account, which allows login to campus PCs and MyCharleston, is created for EVERY employee when hired.

Your email address at the College of Charleston is your Cougars username with @cofc.edu appended to it. For example, if your name was John Smith and your username was smithj, your email address would be smithj@cofc.edu. This account is created upon your hiring at the College. If you don’t know your email account name and password, contact Helpdesk at 843.953.3375 or helpdesk@cofc.edu. If you need an email account set up, please contact your supervisor or department chair.

When is graduation?

Undergraduate Commencement

For undergraduate commencement information, please visit www.cofc.edu/seniorinfo/.

In order to graduate, ultimately, each student must:


Graduate Commencement

For graduate commencement information, please visit http://gradschool.cofc.edu/currentstudents/commencement/

Things to do before Graduate Commencement

  1. Apply for graduation.
    • Graduation applications are only accepted online via MyCharleston. Log in, then click on the Academic Services tab. Then, click on the Banner Self Service Link. Next, click on “Student,” then “Apply to Graduate.”
  2. Complete your degree check.
    • Ensure the Graduate School Office has a copy of your Program of Study form and any Program of Study Change forms you may have completed.
    • If you have transfer credit, which has been approved by your program, please make certain that you have ordered an official copy of your transcript to be sent to the Graduate School Office (for students in Education programs) or to be your graduate program office (all other programs). Transfer credit needs to be manually applied to your student records and this takes time.  So please request any transcripts as soon as possible.
    • If you are completing a thesis, you must successfully defend your work and submit your thesis online.
    • If comprehensive exams are required for your program, please arrange to take the exam on the scheduled dates.
    • For information or questions regarding your degree check or graduation, contact the Graduate School.
  3. Take the financial aid exit interview.
    • You must complete the online exit interview if you paid for any part of your graduate education with loans.  Your PIN is the same as your FAFSA personal identification number. Contact the Department of Education if you have forgotten your PIN.
  4. Purchase graduation regalia.
    • Purchase from the College Bookstore. The prices are subject to change and do not include SC sales tax.



How do I access my online bill?

The eBills will be sent to all pre-registered students through their Cmail account and any Authorized User’s email address established in the eBill system. The instructions for adding an Authorized User in the e-Bill system can be found at  treasurer.cofc.edu/ebill-tutorials/index.php .   


View your eBill and all financial information through MyCharleston.

Authorized Users

View eBill and all financial information by signing into eBill.

eBill Tutorials

How will I be notified about my financial aid award?

It is extremely important that you maintain your official College of Charleston e-mail account. It is your responsibility as a student to check your e-mail account frequently to retrieve official communication and to ensure mailbox space is available to receive these notifications.

E-mails are sent pertaining to students about “missing or incomplete financial documents,” and “information concerning financial aid award packages.” In the email, you will be instructed to log into MyCharleston to review your current financial aid status. In some circumstances, there may be additional information needed to complete the financial aid file.

All students will access financial aid awards through the MyCharleston student portal. Once you log in, find and click on the Financial Aid Tab. Under the Financial Aid tab, find the Financial Aid Self Service Channel. Click on the Awards link. Now select Awards for the Aid Year. Next select the Award Year from the drop down menu. NOTE, you will be required to read and accept the Terms and Conditions for receipt of your financial aid PRIOR to accepting the full or partial amount of your awards.

Where is the College of Charleston?

The College of Charleston is located at 66 George Street in Charleston, South Carolina.

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The College of Charleston welcomes visitors to its beautiful, historic campus. Interested students, parents and friends who visit our campus will find plenty of ways to enjoy it – from a stroll in the shade of the live oak trees draped with Spanish moss, to a step back in time as they enter the threshold of Towell Library, to a glimpse of the future in the Beatty Center at the School of Business.

The College of Charleston campus is located in one of the loveliest parts of the city of Charleston. The city’s location on the best harbor along the South Atlantic coast has made it a notable port of commerce for three centuries. It is one of the most historic cities in the U.S. and preserves all the flavor of its early heritage. In 2010, Travel & Leisure magazine readers listed Charleston as the No. 3 best destination in the world. Charleston joins New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Santa Fe, Quebec City, Vancouver, Montreal, Victoria and Seattle on that magazine’s list of 2007’s 10 best destinations in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, Charleston has been ranked as one of the top 10 domestic travel destinations for the past 11 years in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s prestigious Readers’ Choice Awards.

Charleston offers all the benefits of urban living on a smaller scale. There’s a perfect balance of cultural offerings and recreational opportunities. Year-round, events keep the historic city of Charleston buzzing. Music and tempting aromas fill the downtown air. These activities run the gamut from world-renowned performances at the Spoleto USA Festival to the authentic taste of the Carolina Lowcountry at local oyster roasts.

Charleston County stretches from the mouth of the Santee River in the north to the mouth of the South Edisto River, with 91 miles of coastline on the Atlantic ocean and a total area of 888 square miles. The county’s coastline is made up of a chain of islands, which form a natural barrier between the ocean and the mainland. Throughout this region, fingers of the sea form numerous small inlets that reach inland. One of the largest and most beautiful is Charleston Harbor, into which the Ashley and the Cooper, two large tidal rivers, empty. The South Carolina Lowcountry is a term used to describe the palmetto state’s central and southern coastal counties including Georgetown, Charleston, Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper. This coastal region contains many salt marshes and estuaries, as well as a few natural ports. And the Lowcountry’s economic center is the port city of Charleston.

The Lowcountry has a subtropical climate. Coastal areas of the state have mild winters with high temperatures approaching an average of 60 degrees and overnight lows in the 40s.

How do I contact the Helpdesk?

Faculty and Staff Helpdesk

The Faculty and Staff Helpdesk can be contacted via telephone 843.953.3375 or email helpdesk@cofc.edu during the normal business hours of Monday – Friday from 7:30 am – 5:00 pm. Extended classroom support is available Monday – Thursday until 10:00 pm. Emergency after-hours support is available to Faculty and Staff Monday – Friday from 7:30 am – 10:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 2:00pm – 10:00pm. Please leave a message including the nature of the emergency and contact information. The on-call technician will return the call within 30 minutes.

Student Computing Support

Student Computing Support (SCS) provides phone 843.953.8000 and email studentcomputingsupport@cofc.edu support to students with computer problems from 8 am – 4 pm, Monday thru Friday. Walk-in technical support is available to students with laptops.  SCS does not provide hardware repair, nor support for the ResNet Internet service in campus housing.  Internet access and service problems in campus housing should be reported to Apogee at 1-855-290-7138.

What are the Application Deadlines?

Undergraduate Admissions Deadlines


  • Early Notification Deadline – November 1
  • Merit Scholarship Deadline – December 1
  • Regular Notification Priority Deadline – February 1

Transfer Students

  • Fall Semester Deadline – June 1
  • Spring Semester Deadline – December 1

Readmit Students

  • Fall Semester Deadline – May 1
  • Spring Semester Deadline – December 1

International Students

Admission deadlines for international students are the same as for other U.S. students. Be sure to start the application process early to allow time for transcript translations to be completed and for your visa to be processed.

Graduate Admissions Deadlines

Please refer to the Graduate School website at gradschool.cofc.edu/applyingtograduateschool for application requirements and deadlines.